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praecipe Line breaks: prae|cipe
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːsɪpi/

Definition of praecipe in English:


1An order requesting a writ or other legal document.
Example sentences
  • This action was commenced as a result of the order of the judge who set aside a praecipe order for the assessment of the solicitors' accounts.
  • On December 3, 2001 he took out on an order on praecipe for its assessment.
  • At about 4 p.m., his lawyer acquired the document after filing a praecipe for a writ of summons, a type of complaint used to build the foundation of a lawsuit.
1.1 historical A writ demanding action or an explanation of non-action.


Latin (the first word of the writ), imperative of praecipere 'enjoin, command'. See also precept.

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